Terry Perkins

Terry Perkins is a freelance writer based in St. Louis. He has written for the St. Louis Beacon since 2009. Terry's other writing credits in St. Louis include: the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis American, the Riverfront Times, and St. Louis magazine. Nationally, Terry writes for DownBeat magazine, OxfordAmerican.org and RollingStone.com, among others.

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Planning for the Sheldon
9:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Peter Martin Brings Piano Skills To The Garden, Kranzberg

Peter Martin
Credit Jimmy and Dena Katz

Pianist Peter Martin has a busy week of rehearsals and performances here in St. Louis this week. The University City resident will kick off the annual Whitaker Music Festival Wednesday evening, June 4, then follow that with a concert at the Kranzberg Arts Center Thursday evening, when he and his trio perform with vocalist Vivian Sessoms.

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Fellow Poets
5:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Eugene Redmond Remembers Maya Angelou: She Wrote The Truth

In this 2011 photo taken in Harlem, Maya Angelou is seated and Eugene Redmond is at her right.
Credit Ros Crenshaw

The passing on Wednesday, May 28, of world-renowned poet, novelist and activist Maya Angelou has been a major news and social media topic.

Here in the St. Louis area, where Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, as Marguerite Johnson before moving away to Stamps, Ark., at an early age, she leaves behind her “brother in spirit,” East St. Louis-born poet and scholar, Eugene Redmond.

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New Music in St. Louis
9:36 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Community Music Students To Join Alarm Will Sound On The Sheldon Stage

Credit Carl Socolow | Alarm will Sound

Alarm Will Sound, the 20-member contemporary chamber music ensemble that has gained worldwide acclaim since its debut in 2001, has become a fixture in St. Louis since October 2012 – presenting an annual concert series at venues such as the Sheldon Concert Hall, the Pageant and the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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CD release concert
10:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The 442s Live Where Jazz And Classical Meet

The 442s: Shawn Weil, Adam Maness, Bjorn Ranheim and Syd Rodway
Credit Sandra Calvo

For the four musicians who make up the 442s, Duke Ellington’s words (right) resonate. Of the quartet of musicians who make up the group, two — violinist Shawn Weil and cellist Bjorn Ranheim — are members of the St. Louis Symphony. The other two — pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Maness and bassist Syd Rodway — are known for their work with vocalist Erin Bode. Maness and Rodway also have strong jazz backgrounds.

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Education
11:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Sandoval, Basie Orchestra Headline Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Jim Widner
Credit Dawn DeBlaze

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

On April 17, 2004, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival debuted on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Dance
11:31 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

MADCO Hopes ‘Liquid Roads’ Is Its Path To National Spotlight

At rehearsal for Liquid Roads
Credit Steve Truesdell

The Whitaker Rehearsal Hall at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri St. Louis campus was filled last week with a sense of anticipation, excitement -- and a healthy dose of underlying tension.

Dancers from the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) stretched and warmed up as choreographer Gina Patterson, MADCO Executive Director Stacy West, members of the production team, musicians for the performance and invited members of the media waited for the first complete run through of the company’s production of “Liquid Roads.”

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Music
9:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Alarm Will Sound Takes New Music To New Venue: The Pageant

Alarm Will Sound
Credit Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound, a 20-member ensemble, critically acclaimed for its performances of new music by emerging composers since its debut in 2001, has played all around the world and released six recordings over that time.

Since October 2012, Alarm Will Sound has built a strong presence in St. Louis with an annual concert series. The 2012-13 concerts took place at the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Music
8:40 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Presents 'Bosnian Journeys: Generations'

Maureen Byrne
Credit SLSO

After the devastating war that ravaged Bosnia and Herzegovina from early 1992 through 1995, refugees began arriving in the St. Louis area. And now the Bosnian population here has grown to more than 60,000, making it the largest Bosnian community outside of that country.

This Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Symphony will present a free concert in its “On Stage at Powell” Chamber Concert Series called “Bosnian Journeys: Generations.”

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Preservation
11:55 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Controversy Brews Over Plans To Change Lewis & Clark Library Branch

Lewis & Clark Library Branch
Credit Provided by Modern STL

The potential of a merger between the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County has prompted lots of talk about differences and similarities between the two.

Here’s just one example. Both have public library systems. Each has a very different philosophy when it comes to balancing upgrades and improvements of their buildings with historic preservation.

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Down By The River
10:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Connie Fairchild Talks About Band Reunions, Music Therapy And Cabaret

Connie Fairchild
Credit Provided by The Presenters Dolan

The format for the Songbird Café series — placing four singer-songwriters in the round and having them sing songs in turn — was made famous by the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn.

The approach has worked well here over the three years that Steve St. Cyr has presented the Songbird Café series at Focal Point in Maplewood and occasionally at UMSL at Grand Center.

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